2005: Natchez Trace Parkway completed

Extending from Natchez to Nashville, the parkway is a scenic drive and a U. S. Registered Historic District, with parts of the original trail still accessible.

2005: Ten casinos now on Gulf Coast

Monthly gross gaming revenues were over $100 million.

June 2005: Edgar Ray Killen convicted for his part in Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner murders

Attorney General Jim Hood and District Attorney Mark Duncan successfully prosecuted the case.

August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina devastates Gulf Coast region

Ruins of three story building, Pass Christian
Ruins of three story building, Pass Christian

The storm became the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the nation’s history.  Hurricane Katrina left 238 people dead and 67 missing.  Over 900,000 people through the state experienced power outages. Damages were estimated at $75 billion.

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September 22, 2005: Grand Gulf selected by NuStart Energy for second nuclear power plant

October 2005: Beauvoir Methodist Church shares its building with Biloxi’s Congregation Beth Israel

Beauvoir Methodist Church (Courtesy of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life)
Beauvoir Methodist Church

After Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the home of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s only Jewish congregation, the Beauvoir Methodist Church invited Beth Israel to use its church for services on Friday nights.  The members of Beth Israel continued to meet at Beauvoir until their new synagogue was completed in 2009.

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